Flybe, the large European regional carrier, is experiencing renewed financial difficulties, according to multiple sources. The carrier was acquired by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group last year following the near collapse of the airline. Flybe is expected to be renamed Virgin Connect later this year. Since the takeover, the consortium has invested tens of millions of pounds in the troubled carrier. Brian Strutton, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association, said the future of a major airline is being discussed in secret with no input from employees or their representatives. He said that according to reports the airline could have collapsed over the weekend. “This is an appalling state of affairs,” said Strutton, “and we demand that the owners of Flybe and the government departments involved stop hiding and talk to us about Flybe. We have a right to be consulted and the staff have a right to know what is going on.”